Pine Bluff Art League to host art workshops


The Pine Bluff Art League will host a two-day painting workshop, taught by well-known Arkansas artist, Sheila Parsons, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22-23 in the A/B meeting room of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave.

The workshop will consist of two intensive studio days with adult artists in the community exploring the medium of India Ink in conjunction with watercolor. The artist will also present basic principles of composition and design during the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $50 for PBAL members and $65 for non-members. To sign up for the workshop, contact workshop chairman, Gerry Delongchamp at 870-692-5001.

Parsons has been a professional artist and workshop instructor since 1976. She owns and operates Sheila Parsons’ Art-Ventures LLC, a travel/study painting company which offers classes all across the United States and in many foreign countries.

The daughter of an artist and musician, she was always surrounded by art and artists and decided very young that she would be a painter and teacher of painting. She received her master’s in art from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York and has studied since then with the greats in the watercolor field. Her mentor, Milford Zornes, tutored her in both painting and living as a traveling artist teacher. Most of her paintings are done on location or from sketches she has done in the field.

Parsons is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists and her work has been included in Watercolor USA, Mid-Southern WC annual, Texas and Neighbors annual, Oklahoma National and other regional and national shows. She has had over 25 solo exhibitions of her work. Her paintings are in collections of the White House and corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.

In 1996, Parsons received the Arkansas Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Artist of Arkansas. The fall 2000 issue of Watercolor, an American Artist publication, had an eight-page feature article about her and her paintings. She received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from Faulkner County (Arkansas) Library in 2011. She currently lives and works with her husband Richard Talley, three dogs and a cat in her studio home in Conway.

The PBAL will also host a drawing workshop, led by local artists, Barbara Owen and Delongchamp, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The workshop is free to members and $5 for non-members. For more information, contact Delongchamp.